Essay on The Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano

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While the laws and institution of slavery no longer exist in modern day society, it was once a common aspect that was woven into western civilization. Even though slavery has not existed for some time, the effects that it had on the civilization were long lasting. While the abolitionist movement was successful it took great effort to take hold in European society. This can be attributed to the distance between Europe and the new lands were the more brutal treatment of slaves was taking place, out of sight and out of mind. This would change with the release of a firsthand account detailing the life and struggles of a single man who experienced the best and worst of mankind. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano captures the different experiences and treatments that the author faced during his life while traveling around the Atlantic. Starting with his upbringing in his native Africa, through his time as a slave in the Americas and West Indies, to his time in Europe as a freedman his story shows his place as a man in society as well as the role Morality plays.

Olaudah Equiano successfully depicted the brutality that the institution of slavery inflicted upon human beings, while being able to humanize the experience through his use and belief of Christianity. It was through Christianity that he was able to overcome his various challenges that he faced in both the West Indies and America, but also allowed the common people to relate to his struggles. It is…

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